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I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a stor ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by FriesenPress (first published November 1st 2011)
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Paakhi Srivastava
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal is written by this southern Irish girl who had to keep this title for her collection of stories to stick to the rule of a fun game she played with her gal pals :) This says much about the author's sensitivity and responsibility in handling her relationships. This, I found was the theme that reverberated throughout the text.

The stories provide glimpses of the cherished experiences of the author from childhood ti
Tejas Janet
The book's title and intro set up an expectation for a different book than this turned out to be. The book I was hoping for was one with tales handed down from grandparents and parents from the "old country." Instead, this is a straight-on memoir focusing on the author, with the emphasis on her adult life. Her life story has its endearing moments and life-lessons that she shares with some humor and insight. These are qualities I can appreciate in a memoir, but I never got over the let-down of my ...more
Scarlett Rains
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Let me begin by saying that any book resembling a memoir usually sends me running, screaming, from the room. Yes, there are great memoirs out there. I’m just not a big fan of the genre. The default setting of memoirs typically is sappy, self-absorbed romanticizing about personal minutia that, truly, you had to have been there to appreciate. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised by “I Was in love With a Short Man Once”. Kimberly Dalferes’ delightful collection of stories from her experiences pul ...more
Rachel Abbott
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Storytelling is Alive and Well…

This ‘Crazy Southern Irish Gal’ has definitely got the ‘gift of the gab’! Having been brought up in Florida during the seventies, she tells us about her life through a wonderful series of colourful characters, mishaps, confessions and events. I found myself completely drawn into her stories from the first page, recalling some of the personalities from my own childhood along the way.

You feel privileged to have been part of her journey down memory lane. He
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal (Kimberly J Dalferes)

I have to start of by saying I really love this title! Also I am about the same age as Author, and grew up in the same era, the 70's! So I totally related on so many levels.

Kimberly gives us short stories on her childhood in southern Florida, up until her adult like in Washington D.C.

She tells her stories with a comical take on life , which I found refreshing. When I was done with the book,
Betsy Ashton
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kimberly Dalferes is a fresh voice in the realm of funny women who write about their own experiences. Think Erma Bombeck. Seriously. She's that funny.

This collection of personal essays remind us that the bond between mother and son is precious from birth to, well, it's precious. Dalferes writes about how her first husband "helped" when she was in labor. Not much for actual support, he became the target of her yells when she was in hard labor. From the first time she yells the F-bomb until she ho
Frankie Brazelton
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
What can I tell you about this playful read without giving anything away? Reading this book felt like hanging out in the kitchen with a crazy verbose aunt after having midnight margaritas. Dalferes has a way of delivering her tales in such a style that you can almost hear her Southern voice. Each anecdote shared with her reading audience is told with such gaiety and whimsy, that her readers cannot help but laugh out loud.

Each chapter relives moments of Dalferes’ life that were revelatory, senti
Masquerade Crew
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

Curiously presented for review as chick-lit this is an entertaining set of self-contained stories drawn from the real-life experiences of the author. Commencing with reminiscences from the author's childhood in Florida the book progresses through her high-pressure career to the point where she jumps off the hamster wheel into a more relaxed mid-age role of consultant/mother/wife.

The book grew on me. At first it felt much like an indulgence, like the author had been egged on to write
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most entertaining bevy of real-life stories I’ve ever read. Ever. And … they’re memorable, not cotton candy. With scenes so sharp you could cut yourself, laughs so bubbly you sneeze, this speedball tour of the unexpected curve balls of life is one you can open at random on a cloudy day and feel better. What was Dalferes’ proudest moment? (hint: it involves a saloon and comedy open-mic win). Also, only a small sampling: … the trouble a wedding bouquet can get into … achieving Kool-Aid Momship ...more
J.P. McLean
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Antidote for a dull day. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a collection of both funny and poignant vignettes snipped from Dalferes’s colourful life. Memoirs aren’t my first choice for reading material, but a friend recommended it and I’m glad she did. Anyone who grew up in the 70’s will get a laugh out of the references, and Dalferes’s humour lights up the dark corners of growing up and facing the tough decisions we all must from time to time. Dalferes calls herself a “crazy Irish Southern ...more
Julie Powell
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read full of insight and humour - I loved that! There are some poignant moments too, but it was great to read the 'funny side of things', especially regarding women's issues - one of my books being about the difficulties of being fat, so I could really appreciate the way this author tackled the many topics that women have to face.

Highly recommended if you like to laugh...and enjoy good writing.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Megan Broutian
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gena DeBardelaben
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
eARC: Netgalley

What fun! Get yourself a copy, grab a glass of sweet iced tea, and get ready to enjoy yourself!
Zee Monodee
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Found it a bit tough to get into this book. Something about the author's tone of writing rubbed me the wrong way, I guess... I can't quite put my finger on what, but it read, to me, like it wanted to be droll and funny and light, but it wasn't much of either and instead felt forced and a bit like the author had X-number of pages to fill and so had to come up with something, anything, to fill those pages. Sadly, me and this book never clicked.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.


"Crazy Virgo Tendencies

Do you like the astrological sign that you were born under? I hate mine. I was born a Virgo. The stereotype for a Virgo is fairly repressive: organized neat freak, control fanatic, bossy, uptight, reserved, careful. You get the picture. The problem is that I can sometimes be a version of all of these characteristics. I try really hard to not have to always be the one in charge. Somehow, I always end up as th
The Pursuit Of Bookiness
I'm always dubious when someone refers to themselves as "Crazy". I don't know why but it always makes me cringe when someone says "I'm just so crazy!!" So I started to read this book with trepidation and I have to say I think the title tainted my whole experience of the book.

Having said that I did enjoy most of the stories. I liked the way the author set out the stories with a bit of character background to add context, then the story and finally a wise word or two of advice.

She shares some deep
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this collection of short stories laugh-out-loud hilarious and incredibly enjoyable, it is also quite inspirational. Learning about how Kimberly moved across the country for a job, worked as a single mother, survived 9/11 in Washington D.C., and then quit her job to find happiness are all wonderful stories of how we all have more inner strength than we even realize. And, the last chapter on how she named the book can't be missed! I am currently working on my memoir title due to her in ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Humor is so subjective. You never know when getting a book in the humor genre if it's going to be your type of humor or not. I did find some of the stories in this book funny, but many more seemed like they were written for family and friends. (Yes, please, please tell us all the names of your school friends and what you guys did at the beach in the summer! :) When the author was heading towards stories of her most beloved son, I thought: "Oh, no!" It turned out, however, two of the funniest sto ...more
Tina Reynolds
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was a bit baffled when I started reading this. I assumed that, judging from the title, she was from Cork or Waterford or somewhere. I couldn't grasp why she was nattering on about Palm Beach. Obviously, I got there in the end - she's American. From the South. Not from Ireland. Sadly, it was also a pretty boring read. Maybe if you knew these people the stories would be worth it!
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, netgalley
Not really what I was expecting but was enjoyable and a welcome break from the books I usually read.

*Huge thanks to Kimberly Dalferes, Booktrope and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review*
Dee Dee
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Thought it would be funnier. I'm sure her son, Jimmy, is wonderful but it's a bit over the top regarding what an amazing and perfect, higher soul he is.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So funny!
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining!
Linda Shilts
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book...funny, charming...very enjoyable!
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is a native Floridian, but currently pretends to be a Virginian. She is an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie, and sometimes writes books. Her first book, "I Was In Love With a Short Man Once", was published in 2011, and released as an audio book by Audible in 2019. Her second book, "Magic Fishing Panties", soon to also be on Audible, was published by Mil ...more

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